Calathea Insignis – 12cm

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The Calathea insignis, also known as the Rattlesnake Plant, is a striking houseplant known for its unique, lance-shaped leaves with dark green spots on a light green background and rich purple undersides. Its vibrant and distinctive foliage makes it a captivating addition to any indoor space.

Basic Care Guide:

Light: Place your Calathea insignis in bright, indirect sunlight. While it can tolerate lower light levels, it thrives best in medium to bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves.

Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top 2.5 centimetres of soil feel dry to the touch. Use filtered or distilled water if possible, as Calatheas can be sensitive to tap water chemicals.

Temperature: Maintain a warm environment with temperatures between 18°C to 24°C. Calathea insignis can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures but should be protected from drafts and sudden temperature changes.

Humidity: This plant thrives in high humidity. Aim for at least 60% humidity by misting the leaves regularly, using a humidifier, or placing a tray of water and pebbles beneath the pot.

Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix that retains moisture without becoming soggy. A blend of regular potting soil, peat, and perlite works well for this plant.

Feeding: Feed your Calathea insignis with a balanced liquid fertiliser diluted to half strength once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid fertilising in the winter months when growth slows down.

Pruning: Remove any yellow or damaged leaves to maintain the plant’s health and appearance. Regular pruning will also help encourage new growth.

Pests and Diseases: Keep an eye out for common houseplant pests such as spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Treat any infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

With the right care, your Calathea insignis will thrive, adding a touch of exotic beauty and elegance to your indoor space for years to come!

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